The playoff chances for the Galion football team remain uncertain as it prepares for its last game of the regular season and the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference on Friday.
“We have no control over that,” said Galion head football coach Chris Hawkins, after the Tigers defeated North Union 62-21 last week.
Hawkins said he thinks the team’s playoff chances are good, but will continue to play as it has this season and win its next game. Galion (7-2, 4-2 MOAC) heads to Marion Pleasant Friday to take on the host Spartans (3-6, 1-5 MOAC) at 7 p.m.
Galion is ranked No. 8 in the in Div. V, Reg. 16, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association weekly computer ratings released Tuesday afternoon. The final ratings will be released on Nov. 1.
The Tigers now have an 86 percent chance to get into the playoffs, according to the analysis of Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic50.net. That increases to 90 percent if the team wins its next game against Pleasant, but drops to 70 percent with a loss.
Pasteur predicts the Tigers would jump to No. 5 in Div. V, Reg. 16 computer ratings.
According to analysis from JoeEitel.com, Creston Norwayne, Milan Edison, Millbury Lake and Swanton have already clinched a spot in the playoffs. Apple Creek Waynedale, Doylestown Chippewa and Rossford control their own destiny depending on their performance this week. The battle for the eighth spot in the playoffs should come down to Galion, Findlay Liberty-Benton and West Salem Northwestern.
Northwestern’s playoff chances improve if it wins and Galion loses. But Northwestern (5-4) faces Chippewa (7-2) this Friday.
Meanwhile, Liberty-Benton and Galion are neck-and-neck. If both teams win Friday’s games, their hope to enter the playoffs will depend on the performance of teams previously played this season. On Friday, Liberty-Benton (6-3) plays against McComb, which has an 8-1 record.
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